Big Ten picks rewind

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

After a week of perfection, I slipped back to reality with a 4-2 mark on Saturday, including one complete whiff in Champaign. Here's hoping for a November to remember.


  • The pick: Iowa 27, Indiana 10

  • Actual score: Iowa 42, Indiana 24

  • 20-20 hindsight: The Hawkeyes ended up creating some distance in the final score, but not until an explosive fourth quarter. Ricky Stanzi and Marvin McNutt hooked up for one touchdown, not two, but it was a game-changing 92-yard score. And Indiana's wide receivers had a strong game against the talented Iowa secondary.



  • The pick: Wisconsin 24, Purdue 21

  • Actual score: Wisconsin 37, Purdue 0

  • 20-20 hindsight: I didn't see this one coming, and apparently neither did Boilers head coach Danny Hope. Wisconsin bucked the Big Ten trend of struggling after bye weeks and delivered its most complete effort of the season. As predicted, the defense forced Pudue mistakes and running back John Clay (123 rush yards, 3 TDs) had a big game.


  • The pick: Michigan 33, Illinois 24

  • Actual score: Illinois 38, Michigan 13

  • 20-20 hindsight: An Illini win seemed possible, but few predicted a 25-point blowout for Ron Zook's team. I predicted Michigan would run wild, but instead it was Illinois that racked up 377 rush yards in the game. Quarterback Juice Williams and running backs Mikel LeShoure and Jason Ford helped Illinois pull away in the fourth quarter.


  • The pick: Penn State 28, Northwestern 14

  • Actual score: Penn State 34, Northwestern 13

  • 20-20 hindsight: It looked like a trap game for Penn State through the first half, but as predicted, quarterback Daryll Clark (274 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD) and wide receiver Derek Moye (123 receiving yards, 1 TD) turned in great performances for the Nittany Lions. Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka made some plays before injuring his hamstring in the second quarter.


  • The pick: Michigan State 21, Minnesota 13

  • Actual score: Minnesota 42, Michigan State 34

  • 20-20 hindsight: The was the most bizarre game of the Big Ten season, so I don't blame myself too much for calling it wrong. Minnesota's offense had its best game without star wide receiver Eric Decker, and Michigan State's secondary struggled to stop big plays. Kirk Cousins and Blair White connected on four completions, but none went for touchdowns as B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin were Michigan State's top wideouts.

Week 9 record: 4-2

Season record: 49-19 (.721)